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Whatever you do, don’t tell the Western Dubuque boys’ basketball team that it is only 2-4 since the holiday break because the Bobcats’ play on the court has been so much better than that. However, even though they have let a couple of possible wins slip away from them, the Bobcats truly beli…

Having experienced players on the floor at crunch time is often the difference between winning and losing. That was especially true during Western Dubuque’s 50-42 win over Cedar Rapids Jefferson, in Epworth, Jan. 14.

Western Dubuque girls’ bowling team faced off against Vinton-Shellsburg Jan. 14 in what was their first meet since Dec. 20. The Bobcats started the new year on a good note as they defeated the Vikings 2,819-2,495.

At Mount Vernon, Jan. 13, the Beckman boys’ basketball team showed everyone how tough it is. The Blazers handed the Mustangs a 71-59 defeat, adding to their own 8-1 season mark, after facing their first loss of the season.

In a quad Jan. 16, the Beckman wrestling team won two of the three duals. The Blazers topped Clear Creek-Amana, 49-21, and Waterloo East, 51-12, but fell to WaMaC power Independence, 45-34.

For a long while at Beckman Jan. 13, it looked as if the girls’ basketball team was going to break its losing streak. Instead, the Blazers added a game to make it five in a row, dropping a 49-42 decision to Mount Vernon.

Thirty-one students from the Moser School of Dance and Gymnastic dominated the competition and placed first at the USTA Power Tumbling Meet in Iowa Falls, Jan. 12. There were 20 teams entered with around 350 athletes competing throughout the day.

Maquoketa Valley’s girls’ basketball team defeated Starmont, 64-29, Jan. 14, and Alburnett, 31-27, Jan. 16.

Maquoketa Valley’s boys’ basketball team earned a come-from-behind win over Starmont, 48-45, but fell to Alburnett, 61-50, Jan. 16.

Maquoketa Valley had a rough night in Tri-Rivers Conference double dual action. The Wildcats fell to both Central City, 24-18, and Midland, 54-18, at Central City, Jan. 16.

Beckman’s wrestling team traveled to Solon for a dual, Jan. 9, and fell, 44-29.

The Western Dubuque boys’ basketball team outscored Iowa City, City High, 15-7, over the final five minutes of the game, but the Bobcats’ bid for a come from behind win came up short when Dylan Johnson’s buzzer-beating three to tie the game went off the rim sealing their 51-48 road loss, Jan. 7.

Iowa City, City High’s girls’ basketball team averages 77 points per game offensively and wins by an average of 38.5 points per contest. Western Dubuque’s Bobcats got an up-close and personal look at the top-ranked team in Class 5A, as the Little Hawks raced to a 57-17 halftime advantage on …

The Western Dubuque wrestling team recorded five pins and a technical fall on its way to a 53-21 victory over Cedar Rapids Xavier in their Mississippi Valley Conference dual meet held at Cedar Rapids, Jan. 9.

A string of 12 straight points wrenched back control of this game and helped Beckman’s boys’ basketball team to a 52-37 win over Maquoketa at home, Jan. 7. The Blazers improved their overall record to 8-1.

Even though they hung tough with the Cardinals, Jan. 7, at Maquoketa, the Blazer girls fell behind in the third quarter and lost, 65-51, to add another game to their losing skid, now five straight and settling them at 6-6.

Maquoketa Valley’s wrestling team traveled to Edgewood-Colesburg, Jan. 9, and won nine out of their 12 matches in a double dual despite losing to Alburnett, 48-26, and Ed-Co, 39-21.

In an epic comeback, the Maquoketa Valley boys’ basketball team defeated the Central City Wildcats, 46-44, Jan. 7.

Maquoketa Valley’s girls’ basketball team was hungry and determined to get back to winning, Jan. 7, and earned a win against a 5-3 Central City squad.

Jake Hosch’s 100th win of his high school wrestling career helped the Western Dubuque wrestling team beat Hempstead, 39-33, but it was Tanner Gaul’s pin that locked up the Bobcats’ claiming the County Clash title at Epworth, Jan. 4.

University of Iowa commit Hannah Stuelke scored 33 points to lead Cedar Rapids Washington to a 68-36 win over Western Dubuque, at Washington High School, Jan. 3.

Garrett Baumhover, Dylan Johnson and Tommy DeSollar all scored in double figures to lead the Western Dubuque boys’ basketball team to a 63-54 come-from-behind victory over Cedar Rapids Washington in their Mississippi Valley Conference clash in Epworth, Jan. 3, but the Bobcats dropped a tough…

Maybe, if the Beckman girls’ basketball team could play through halftime, the third quarter wouldn’t come up to bite them so often.

Beckman’s boys’ basketball team knew it was going to come sometime. A Class 2A school can’t usually play in a 3A conference as tough as the WaMaC without getting that first loss of the season.

A pair of ranked North Linn basketball teams gave Maquoketa Valley a rough start to the new year as the Lynx won both ends of the doubleheader played in Troy Mills, Jan. 3.

Maquoketa Valley’s wrestling team got back in action Jan. 3 when the Wildcats hosted Anamosa, Center Point-Urbana and Wahlert for a quad meet. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they were not able to secure a team win.

Beckman’s boys’ basketball team won its eighth straight game at the expense of their Highway 136 nemesis Cascade in a non-conference game, Dec. 21 there, 40-21.

The Bobcat boys’ bowling team was coming into their meet against Waterloo East off a loss to Hempstead. The Mustangs handled Western Dubuque in that match up, but the Bobcats were able to bounce back, Dec. 20, against the Trojans and get a 3,070-2,431 win.

Waterloo East traveled to Cobra Lanes, Dec. 20, to take on the Western Dubuque Bobcat girls’ bowling team. The Bobcats shot above their season average, but the Trojans were still able to topple WD, 2,973-2,766.

Western Dubuque’s girls’ basketball team itself in a hole too deep to dig out of — falling behind 15-1 in the first six minutes — and lost a 46-37 decision to Wahlert, in Epworth, Dec. 20.

Dylan Johnson picked up his first double-double of the season, but it wasn’t enough as the Western Dubuque boys’ basketball team bounced by Wahlert, 50-34, in their Mississippi Valley Conference match-up in Epworth Dec. 20.

In a close match-up of heart and determination, the undefeated Maquoketa Valley Wildcats faced a 6-1 East Buchanan, at home, Dec. 20, and came away with a 39-35 win.

Maquoketa Valley boys’ basketball team earned its third win of the season with a 51-41 victory over East Buchanan, Dec. 20, at home.

Maquoketa Valley’s wrestling team earned an 11th-place finish in the North Linn Lynx Invitational, Dec. 21, in Troy Mills.

Back-to-back games Dec. 20 and 21 handed the Beckman girls’ basketball team double losses. The first came on the road at Solon, 54-47, and Cascade defeated them the next day there, 60-48.

A tournament championship is now in the books for the Beckman wrestling team. The Blazers 161 points eclipsed Wapello by 24.5 points and claimed first place at the North Linn Lynx Invitational, Dec. 21.

Jared Cordes, Jake Hosch and Jonathan Savolt all went 6-0 to lead Western Dubuque’s wrestling team to a fifth-place finish at the Battle of Waterloo, Dec. 20-21.

Garrett Baumhover and Dylan Johnson combined to score 32 points, but the rest of the Western Dubuque boys’ basketball team could only manage to put up 10 as the Bobcats fell to Iowa City Liberty, 51-42, in a Mississippi Valley Conference clash in Iowa City, Dec. 17.

With a 24-7 third-quarter bulge, the Beckman girls’ basketball team grabbed firm control of its game with West Delaware, Dec. 17, at home and went on to win, 57-33, putting the Blazers at 6-1 on the season.

Things didn’t go so well for the Beckman wrestling team at its double dual with Mount Vernon and West Delaware, Dec. 1, at Mount Vernon. Of course, when you go up against top-ranked teams, things like that happen.

Jenna Fiedler scored 18 points and Emma Gile 14, to go along with 17 rebounds, to lead Western Dubuque to a 55-49 win over Iowa City Liberty, at Western Dubuque High School, Dec. 17.

A Dec. 19 dual at home found Western Dubuque’s wrestling team winning easily over Cedar Rapids Washington, 60-21.

The Western Dubuque boys’ bowling team suffered its first loss of the season Dec. 17 when the Bobcats welcomed Hempstead to Cobra Lanes. The Mustangs brought into the meet an average of over 200 per game. They blew that average away and managed to defeat the Bobcats 3,226-2,916.

When the Class 2A basketball rankings came out, the Beckman boys’ basketball team claimed the top spot, based a lot on their perfect season so far, 6-0.

A tough night for the Maquoketa Valley boys’ basketball team came Dec. 17 when the Wildcats faced Lisbon at home.

A blowout win for the Maquoketa Valley girls’ basketball team happened, Dec. 17, against Lisbon, at home. So far, the team is on a hot streak of winning and doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.

Maquoketa Valley’s boys' wrestling team went 0-2 against North Fayette Valley and New Hampton, Dec. 17, and 0-3 against North Cedar, North Linn, and Starmont, Dec. 19.

Records fell at Cobra Lanes Dec. 17 when the Western Dubuque’s girls’ bowling team toppled the Hempstead Mustangs, 2,950-2,802. That score for Western Dubuque broke the program’s previous school record of 2,906 by 44 pins.

When Paige McDermott put back a miss with 3.7 seconds left on the clock, it completed a successful comeback win for the Beckman girls’ basketball team over Vinton-Shellsburg at home Dec. 10, 48-47.

Yes Virginia, high school wrestling is a very exciting sport. Just ask anyone who attended the Bobcat Duals hosted by the Western Dubuque wrestling team in Epworth, Dec. 14. Even though the home team didn’t come out on top, WD’s wrestlers learned a lot while wrestling some of the top talent …